The East Bay
Collected by Liv Combe , AFAR Contributor
1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
Opened in North Berkeley in 1971 by Alice Waters, Chez Panisse is widely regarded as the restaurant that ignited the Californian—and then international—farm to table movement. With a focus on sustainability, Waters cooked with fresh, local, and...
5812 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, USA
The ramen baby of three Chez Panisse alums, Ramen Shop in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood is not your average hole-in-the-wall noodle place; here, the liquor selection is from Japan, the lines snakes around the block, and each of the three...
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
After almost a decade in the Bay Area and eight years in the famed kitchens of Chez Panisse, Charlie Hallowell decided it was time to strike out on a project of his own. At Pizzaiolo on Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue, Hallowell and his crew believe...
3308 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610, USA
Boot and Shoe Service is the spinoff restaurant to Pizzaiolo, which has been my favorite spot in Oakland since it opened in 2006. Boot and Shoe, its slightly more casual little sister, serves the same pizza--a blistery and crisp crust topped with...
2200 Oxford St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
For anyone interested in local, sustainable, and delicious cuisine, having the New York Times call a restaurant “a Michael Pollan book come to life” is reason enough to stop by for dinner. And the history of Gather Restaurant lives up to its...
2102 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
There are lots of restaurants that tout their local ingredients and their connections to local farmers, but Revival Bar & Kitchen in downtown Berkeley is definitely a standout—take, for example, their whole-animal butchery program or their wine on...
468 19th St, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
In the mood for tapas and paella? Head to Duende on 19th Street in Oakland, where Chef Paul Canales has take his grandfather’s Basque heritage and used it for inspiration in his Spanish dishes. After cooking Italian food for years in the kitchen...
5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
In Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, head to Doña Tomás for traditional Mexican dishes with an upscale Californian twist. The atmosphere is colorful and festive, but take your margarita out onto the back patio for the best dining vibes. The menu...
5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
Wander into Bakesale Betty and the first thing that will catch your eye will definitely be the owner’s blue wig. The second? The fried chicken sandwich. Opened in 2005 by Australian Alison Barakat—who wears a blue, 1950s-style wig as she works...
3948 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94609, USA
Located on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, Rise Above Graphics is the place to go for screen printing shop. Need a tshirt design? Rise Above can use your design or make their own for good prices and with a quick turn-around rate; everyone from Bay...
Berkeley, CA, USA
Founded in the wake of the gold rush, the University of California at Berkeley—or Cal, as the locals call it—has since become one of the best universities in the world and is considered to be one of the best in the University of California system....
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA, USA
Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland. Designated the nation's first wildlife refuge in 1870 you'll find a cross-section of Oakland residents enjoying this spot every day of the week. Joggers, walkers, families, bird...
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda, CA 94563, USA
For hiking, biking, and picnicking in the East Bay, nowhere is better than Tilden Park. One of the Berkeley district’s three oldest parks, there are a number of activities for families beyond hiking the 2,079 acres of Tilden’s wildlife and nature...
1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
Every year the OMCA hosts a Day of the Dead exhibition which is one of the best the Bay Area has to offer. Celebrating local communities, you'll find installations and altars from a diverse mix of cultures. Local artists & Oakland school children...
2155 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
Both the University of California at Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive, this center opened its doors to the Berkeley community in 1963 and moved to its current location in 1973. The more than 16,000 objects and 14,000 films in the...
2318 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Stretching almost five miles from downtown Oakland to the southern edge of the University of California at Berkeley, Telegraph Avenue is one of the main public thoroughfares in the East Bay. Named after the telegraph line that stretched along the...
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